2006 Honda Pilot
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Pilot VS Highlander

by from Phila PA on June 21, 2010

I own both a 2006 Honda Pilot and a 2005 Toyota Highlander a were going to compare the 2 as part of the review. Both have similar specs, V6 & AWD. The Pilot is slightly more comfortable than the Highl...
I own both a 2006 Honda Pilot and a 2005 Toyota Highlander a were going to compare the 2 as part of the review. Both have similar specs, V6 & AWD. The Pilot is slightly more comfortable than the Highlander. It is a few inches wider, taller and longer. The Pilot is easier to get in and out of and is the vehicle I chose when I have to haul larger bulkier items. The Highlander wins the performance round, it is faster, smoother, & handles better than the Pilot. It is also way more fuel efficient. With the Pilot I never get 20 MPG, it is between 15-19 MPG all the time. Our Toyota Highlander never get below 20 MPG, it gets 20-24 MPG with similar type of driving. I think the difference in the performance is due to the difference in weight. The Pilot weighs about 800 lbs more than the Highlander (or ~20%). It feels when driving and it feels when filling the tank at the gas station. Another area where the Pilot falls short of the Highlander is the interior, (not that either one looks like an Audi). The fabric in the Pilot is of very poor quality, shows stains very easily. The lighting of the instrument panel is also lacking and it is hard to see wether the A/C light is on or off. Both car are exceptionally reliable, I have not had anything other than scheduled maintenance on either one. I would recommend both vehicles but If I had to pick one SUV over the other I would pick the Toyota. If I really needed the extra room I'd go with the Pilot.
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good for the dollar.

by from Colorado on May 6, 2010

Totalled my yukon xl. Insurance only gave me a smidgin of what that was worth! So for the amount I pd. I got a very reliable pilot, exl version, 4x4. Love Honda! Also have an accord. Handles almost th...
Totalled my yukon xl. Insurance only gave me a smidgin of what that was worth! So for the amount I pd. I got a very reliable pilot, exl version, 4x4. Love Honda! Also have an accord. Handles almost the same. A little rough on some turns. Not too crazy about the stereo, must be upgraded. Comfortable chairs. Dvd player, and it fits all of my 4 children comfortably. A little snug in the back seat, thats for the smaller kids. Overall, I am happy with my pilot. Well worth the money!!!
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awesome utility and value for money

by from Toronto on September 29, 2009

Have a growing fam with 3 kido's and we just totaled an '03 pilot on the highway. The safety did its job and no one injured other than some whiplash. Got the insurance money which demonstrated the res...
Have a growing fam with 3 kido's and we just totaled an '03 pilot on the highway. The safety did its job and no one injured other than some whiplash. Got the insurance money which demonstrated the resale value is VERY HIGH - so it retains its value well. Then took that money and bought a used 2006 which gets the drive by wire and VSA, and curtain airbags, and lots of other niceties - including RES, and XM all for 20k. Compared a used 06 pilot against an Explorer, a Chevy Traverse/GMC Acadia, Hilander, pathfinder, nothing could match the utility, value for money, and quality of even a used pilot!
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Pleased so far with switch from mini van to Pilot

by from Findlay, OH on October 3, 2011

We were leery to trade in our mini van for a Pilot, but we never really loved the mini van idea to begin with. It was a choice of practicality. As our kids are now 2.5 and 3.5 years old we felt we'd t...
We were leery to trade in our mini van for a Pilot, but we never really loved the mini van idea to begin with. It was a choice of practicality. As our kids are now 2.5 and 3.5 years old we felt we'd try the Pilot out. I was afraid I'd miss things about the mini van (storage, automatic opening doors, extra seat in back, much more room. To some extent I do miss the room to "roam about the van" if kids need me back there --- but that is all I miss. Love our Pilot!! Anxious to see how it handles in the snowy, icy, NW Ohio winter weather.
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GREAT

by from Sacramento,CA on April 19, 2010

Nicknamed the "Locker Room", this car is overall awesome.It goes pretty fast and has alot of legroom.The back row folds flat for grocery bags, and is a snap to fold back up. The EX-L model has all the...
Nicknamed the "Locker Room", this car is overall awesome.It goes pretty fast and has alot of legroom.The back row folds flat for grocery bags, and is a snap to fold back up. The EX-L model has all the best features like leather.The dvd and cd player keep the kids entertained.Everybody should own one who has an SUV
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Love those Hondas

by from Shreveport, LA. on May 7, 2012

They never let us down !!! Have owned 5 Honda products, and are by far the most dependable, value rated vehicles we've owned.
They never let us down !!! Have owned 5 Honda products, and are by far the most dependable, value rated vehicles we've owned.
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best on market for the price!

by from clovis on July 24, 2012

AWSOME SUV, super comfortable and reliable, safe and stylish.I WOULD DEFINETLY RECOMEND THIS sUV,GREAT FOR THE PRICE
AWSOME SUV, super comfortable and reliable, safe and stylish.I WOULD DEFINETLY RECOMEND THIS sUV,GREAT FOR THE PRICE
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very pleased

by from San Diego on August 8, 2009

I have the 4WD 2006 Honda Pilot EX-L with Navi which I purchased in Nov '05, and have gone everywhere with it (now at 61,000 miles). I might add that this is my 4th Honda as I really appreciate their ...
I have the 4WD 2006 Honda Pilot EX-L with Navi which I purchased in Nov '05, and have gone everywhere with it (now at 61,000 miles). I might add that this is my 4th Honda as I really appreciate their reliability. Mechanically speaking I've been very pleased with this vehicle. Only repairs were two window replacements (highway rocks thrown against the glass cracked them) and tires replaced at about 60,000 miles with Michelin truck tires for more reliability on dirt roads. I love the navigation system and think it's better than other navi systems I've seen. The voice recognition makes enough mistakes (or I do) so that it's not super reliable, but all in all it's worked pretty well for us; we generally input information via the touchscreen. We use it a lot for vacation travel as well as going to work. I wish it had better gas mileage (seems to get about 17-18 miles combined driving, 18-20 highway)and I wish it was a true off-road vehicle like a jeep (the Pilot is better suited to dirt roads with small to medium ruts as opposed to true off roading) and putting the car into first gear for radical downhill roads will still require you to ride the brakes. However, I'm not willing to put up with the poor gas mileage and terrible reliability ratings of the jeep products, so I make the Pilot work for me, and only drive jeeps for rental vehicles. My husb is 5'11 and I'm 5'4, and one of the reasons we liked this vehicle is that with the middle and back seats down, it's got about a 4 1/2'x6' interior space that we can sleep in if we're on the road and want to sleep in back without putting up the tent. We purchased a full sized foam futon mattress that is 4'x6' and folds into thirds that we take with us on trips...it's about 6" thick, and makes a very comfortable bed for us in the tent or in the back of the car when unfolded.
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Great mountain vehicle

by from Colorado on December 12, 2012

Love this vehicle. I live in Colorado and go to the mtns. regularly. Accelerates UP the passes past others on the highway with 4 people and gear in it. Took me over moderately snowy 4WD passes where t...
Love this vehicle. I live in Colorado and go to the mtns. regularly. Accelerates UP the passes past others on the highway with 4 people and gear in it. Took me over moderately snowy 4WD passes where there were signs of multiple other vehicles having had to back down/turn around. Very comfortable and my mid 80's parents love to ride in it. Great windows and passengers get full views even sitting in the third row seats.
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Best car for the money

by from Yonkers, NY on July 20, 2013

This vehicle is very spacious. The seating is comfortable. The extra seat in the back are excellent for additional riders. The AC works well and we have been in a heat wave for the past 7 days. It hol...
This vehicle is very spacious. The seating is comfortable. The extra seat in the back are excellent for additional riders. The AC works well and we have been in a heat wave for the past 7 days. It holds the road well. It has automatic locks. I like the fact that it has no ashtrays, so it' s very easy to let people know that there is no smoking in the car. The CD player works well and the am/fm radio is great. Spacious room for cargo. You can even load a standard mattress in the back. Cruse control is good. Front and side airbags. The front and rear bumpers protect the car from must bumps. I love the smooth ride
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